The arrival of a new baby is an exciting event for parents. If something goes wrong during or immediately after the delivery, parents may struggle for answers as to what could have been done differently that might have helped their child. Connecticut readers may be interested in the story of two out-of-state parents who say that the mistakes of several healthcare facilities and a doctor were responsible for the death of their infant son. They have now filed a wrongful death claim on their behalf and on behalf of their baby.
The situation arose when the baby in this story had to be delivered prematurely at only 25 weeks gestation. He was in an intensive care unit and needed a blood transfusion. Unbeknownst to anyone, the blood was allegedly infected with a virus that is normally not harmful to people, though it can be detrimental to infants. After the transfusion, the baby’s condition deteriorated and he passed away.
The husband and wife have named the two hospitals that were involved in the treatment, the blood bank from where the blood came and the doctor who treated the mother in their wrongful death suit. They argue that the blood should have been properly tested and screened for the infection that allegedly killed their son, especially because he was born prematurely. None of the named defendants have offered comment on the situation.
The tragedy that these parents have endured might have been avoidable. When evidence suggests that medical malpractice by a doctor or a health care facility results in the death of an individual, a victim’s family may reserve the right to file a wrongful death claim in civil court. In Connecticut and elsewhere, a successfully-litigated claim could result in monetary compensation that could be useful in covering medical expenses, funeral costs or other bills that may have arisen due to the unfortunate event.
Source: triblive.com, “Fayette parents sue hospitals, blood bank, doctor over infant son’s death“, Bob Stiles, July 12, 2014